first_imgHours after the tragic death of her newborn, a mother of five succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Friday.Karen Shondell Reid and her dead babyThe child was reportedly delivered at the New Amsterdam Hospital on Thursday but the mother had to be transferred to the GPHC due to complications.The dead woman has been identified as Karen Shondell Reid, 40, of Lot 42 Sheet Anchor East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).According to the now dead woman’s 14-year-old daughter, her mother claimed that she was prevented from eating and was only given water and cream soda on Thursday.“She said she was hungry and they gave her three tablets and she showed me them and say that the nurse told her that she has to drink the three Cytotec tablets. She said that the doctor and that they have to give her more tablets” the teenager stated.According to Tracy Limpkin, a cousin, they were told by doctors that the pill Reid was allegedly given is used to induce labour but because of the quantity she was given, it caused an adverse reaction.“It dislocates the placenta and the placenta started to move and that is why she went into shock. The doctor said she was actually brain-dead because her organs started to shut down. He said they gave her blood and the blood started coming out back because it was not clotting because the body was not working well.”<<>>There are reports that Reid had a fall and was taken into emergency surgery. On Thursday, however, doctors performed a caesarean section to deliver the baby.The woman’s sister, Vanessa Sampson, claimed that on Thursday she received an urgent message to report to the hospital. As she arrived, she was met by four doctors who informed her that her sister had a seizure and was rushed to the operating theatre.“They say when they open her there was a big clot and the baby died in her and they will have to take her to Georgetown Hospital because they had to remove her womb because it was separated from somewhere…”She said even though the doctors told her that the baby was already dead, other sources confirmed that the baby, Alegdeo Junior Ofield, lived for about one hour after delivery.“A baby doesn’t be delivered dead and they go and bathe the baby and dress it with clothes and have a sheet around it. If a baby born dead they leave it just so,” she said.Meanwhile, Reid was eventually transferred to the Georgetown Hospital on Friday evening.Another sister of the now dead woman reportedly accompanied her to Georgetown. She explained that during the trip, Reid was seemly in pain but before they arrived at the hospital she had stopped responding.At the hospital, a doctor allegedly told relatives that they received the patient brain-dead and she did not respond to treatment.Carlita Matthews, another sister, told Guyana Times that when she reached the hospital, Reid had no pulse and her blood count was low.“When she arrived at the Georgetown Hospital, she was taken into surgery to remove fluid from the body and to implant packs because doctors could not identify where the blood was coming from…all the blood that they give to her, she just keeps bleeding out.”The relatives were further told that Reid suffered three heart attacks but it was the third that took her life.The family is calling for a thorough investigation into what transpired at the New Amsterdam Hospital with respect to the medication that was administered to Reid.The woman leaves to mourn four children.last_img read more

first_imgCHICAGO: Aging defendants are found guility in 10murders in organized crime case. By Mike Robinson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – A federal jury held three aging mobsters responsible for 10 murders Thursday after an extraordinary trial that included colorful witnesses who exposed the seedy inner workings of organized crime in Chicago. A fifth defendant, retired Chicago police officer Anthony Doyle, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy but not accused of any murders. After convicting the four men, the jury began a second round of deliberations to determine whether the defendants were individually responsible for any of the 18 murders listed in the racketeering count, qualifying them for possible sentence of life in federal prison. Calabrese’s defense attorney Joseph Lopez left the courthouse grumbling that there was no way to give his client a fair trial. “I don’t think anyone charged with a case like this can get a fair trial anywhere, because of publicity prior to trial, because of shows that they make in Hollywood and because of scripts they write in Hollywood,” he said. “Al Capone is probably the most famous Chicagoan we have.” Movies and television often glamorize the mob, but the trial showed its devastating effects on real families, said FBI agent Robert Grant. “Our work doesn’t end here,” he said. “It’s just a continuation of a legacy of hard work.” Lombardo attorney Rick Halprin agreed that the Outfit’s reputation hung over the trial, but said the government did a “remarkable” job in organizing its case. “Mitch Mars and his team did a hell of a job of organizing this evidence, sifting out what they didn’t need; they’re due the credit for not overplaying their hand,” Halprin said. In addition to Tony Spilotro’s murder, Marcello was found responsible for the death of the victim’s brother, Michael. Witnesses said they were lured to a suburban basement where they were beaten and strangled at Marcello’s direction. The brothers were found buried in an Indiana cornfield. Lombardo, accused of being the capo of a Chicago mob “street crew,” was blamed for the September 1974 murder of businessman Daniel Seifert, a federal witness who was hunted down and shotgunned by masked gunmen. Joe Seifert, Daniel Seifert’s son, said he attended nearly all of the trial because he was a child when his father was killed. “I just wanted some information,” Joe Seifert said. “I never had a total picture, so I wanted the total picture – to fit all the puzzle pieces together.” He said he knows Lombardo will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, but “he’s had a lot of time free.” Calabrese, 70, a portly, bearded loan shark who according to witnesses doubled as a hit man, was found responsible for seven mob murders. Witnesses including his own brother, Nicholas Calabrese, said he strangled victims with a rope, then cut their throats to make sure they were dead. Ellen Ortiz said she has been “hoping and praying” for the day when Calabrese would be held responsible for the July 1983 murder of her husband, Richard D. Ortiz, who prosecutors say was killed because he had committed a murder not authorized by the Outfit. But she said it was a struggle to sit through the trial. “It’s been very hard, very hard,” she said. “It brings back all the memories.” But jurors, who confessed that they were hopelessly deadlocked, did not return verdicts pinning responsibility for one other murder on Marcello and six on Calabrese. Each of the jurors was asked by Zagel whether “further deliberations by the jury could not lead to a unanimous verdict on any of the issues on which the jury is divided.” They said it would be no use to go on. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jurors deadlocked on blame for eight other murders after eight days of deliberations in one of the biggest mob trials in the city’s history. Frank Calabrese Sr., 70; Joseph “Joey the Clown” Lombardo, 78; and James Marcello, 65, were held responsible for murder, raising the maximum sentence each faces to life. Jurors deadlocked on a fourth defendant, Paul Schiro, 70. Marcello, described by prosecutors as a top leader of the Chicago Outfit, was held responsible for the June 1986 murder of Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, the Chicago mob’s longtime man in Las Vegas and the inspiration for the Joe Pesci character in the movie “Casino.” The defendants remained poker-faced as U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel’s clerk read the verdicts one by one in a packed federal courtroom. All four men were convicted Sept. 10 of taking part in a racketeering conspiracy that included illegal gambling, extortion, loan sharking and the 18 mob murders, which had gone unsolved for decades. last_img read more

first_img Wayne Rooney applauds the fans as he leaves the pitch Wayne Rooney was the star attraction as Manchester United and Jose Mourinho continued their pre-season preparations with a goalless draw against Everton.United and England captain Rooney played 52 minutes at Old Trafford as his testimonial against his former club doubled up as a stern Premier League warm-up.Rooney got the chance to play alongside new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a promising attacking formation that also featured Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. The front pair linked well, with Ibrahimovic often dropping deep.“I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney,” said Swede Ibrahimovic in an interview aired before the game by MUTV. “He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I’m absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him.”Seeing them together was certainly a tantalising prospect for the fans but, despite some fluid moves, chances were few and far between.The work of new manager Mourinho may take some time to bear fruit at United. Attention will now turn to preparations for Sunday’s Community Shield against Leicester and – presumably – the pursuit of Paul Pogba.When or if a deal for Pogba, heavily linked with a world record £100million return to United from Juventus, materialises remains to be seen.For now United are a work in progress under Mourinho. There was little to excite other than the promise of the forward line and the return to action of a rejuvenated Luke Shaw, but nor did Everton expose many weaknesses.Ross Barkley tested David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku headed a gilt-edged chance wide, while Shaw saw an effort deflected past the post and Ibrahimovic shot at new Toffees goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.In the second half, former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini headed at Joel Robles.Other than that it was a chance for fans to pay tribute to Rooney, who was donating all proceeds from the fixture to charities.Rooney joined United from Everton 12 years ago and has since scored 245 goals for the club. He will equal the club best of Sir Bobby Charlton – whose England record he has already taken – with just four more.“While I cannot deny it is disappointing I will no longer hold either honour, it was always going to happen one day and I am glad they will belong to Wayne,” said Charlton in the programme.There were plenty more tributes to Rooney in the matchday magazine, including from Mourinho and former managers Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.“I am sure he will provide many more memorable moments for United in the coming years,” said Mourinho.Rooney himself spoke briefly at full-time, saying: “I have spent 12 seasons here and had a lot of success, and there’s hopefully a lot more to come.”Mourinho stuck by his plan to use 22 players, making six substitutions at half-time and the rest as the game wore on. Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose United future is uncertain, was conspicuous by his complete absence from the teamsheet.New Everton boss Ronald Koeman also made a host of changes, including one enforced by injury when Muhamed Besic hobbled off. 1last_img read more

first_imgLaurie Hamelin APTN National NewsNext month the federal government will have to decide if the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline gets the go-ahead to expand or not.At the moment, the pipeline that runs from Alberta to Vancouver, carries about 300,000 barrels of oil a day.The proposal to expand the pipeline sparked a number of protests in British Columbia.And in Vancouver, thousands of people marched through the city’s downtown to continue to voice their opposition to the [email protected]last_img read more